Apart from some early work on the reliability of telephone systems, emphasis is placed on reliability during 1940/45 war, where failure could be disastrous for the last thirty years there have been numerous books published on ” Reliability”( some 130 are listed in K.B.Misra’s book ). The vast majority have been largely mathematical and usually specific to one section or aspect of reliability. For many years there has been the need for a comprehensive volume which would collate and summarize all the knowledge which has been accumulated by experience in reliability movement over this period.
Such a book is now available in K.B.Misra’s ” Reliability Analysis and Prediction : A Methodology Oriented Treatment “. This book now provides the student, researcher or practical engineer, with all the knowledge he requires for his particular application. As a reviewer who pioneered reliability work in electronics for the Armed Forces in the 1940s; has lectured extensively worldwide and has written numerous books, including three books on reliability, the reviewer has studied this book extensively and in his opinion it contains the most complete coverage of any book on reliability yet written. This is illustrated by the chapter headings, as follows: -Reliability Engineering: An Overview; Reliability Mathematics; Reliability Data Analysis and Management; Reliability Prediction from Stress Strength Models; System Reliability Modelling; Reliability Evaluation Techniques; Maintainability Analysis and finally, System Analysis through Fault Tree.
It may be argued that the book is too ‘voluminous’, but there are few books published which are regarded as “landmarks” or “milestones” in any technique or subject. Colloquially, they are known as ‘the Bible’ or fount of knowledge. Such a book for many years was F.E.Terman’s ” Radio Engineering”. We now have a new ‘Bible’- K.B.Misra’s “Reliability Analysis and Prediction: A Methodology Oriented Treatment”. The author is modest in claiming that this book, which is the outcome of his more than 25 years of teaching and researching in the area, is going to fill the gap which has been widely felt by practicing engineers, but there is no doubt that this will be so. The appendices on ‘Some Useful Definitions’ and on ‘ Description Computer Codes’ are particularly valuable.
In summary, reliability analysis, prediction, reliability mathematics, algorithm organization and analysis of data, reliability modelling and system reliability evaluation, system modelling and maintainability analysis, plus four appendices of mathematical tables, all add up to the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the “state-of-the-art” in reliability. Its should be on every engineer’s book shelf.